Military coins are made from different materials. These materials adversely affect the coins’ appearance when the coins are stored in the wrong places.
1. Never store the coins in the basement or attic. Those areas are susceptible to moisture, which may cause your coins to rust or fade.
2. You should always store the coins in cool and dry areas.
3. If the temperature in the attic or basement can be controlled, you can store the coins in those areas. Make sure that those areas are tightly sealed from outdoor air and water.
4. If you can’t store the military coins in cool and dry areas, place packed silica gel near the coins. Moisture will be absorbed by the silica gel. Try to change the packed silica gel several times in a year so that moisture can still be absorbed.
5. If the coins are bought in their original cases, you should keep the coins in their cases. If you lost their original cases, make sure that you purchase new cases that are similar to the original ones.
6. Store the coins in a safe-deposit box if they become more valuable.
7. Store the coins temporarily in coin folders that contain arsenic, dioxin, and sulphur. These elements may change the structure and color of the coins overtime.
8. You can store the military coins in wooden cabinets if the cabinets are made from rosewood, aged mahogany, or both. Never store the coins in wooden cabinets that are made from oak.
9. You can store the coins in metal cabinets if you’re unsure from what wood that the wooden cabinets are created from.
10. Try to avoid storing the coins in a plastic container that has PVC (polyvinyl chloride). PVC may stick onto the surface of the coin overtime.
11. Place the coins in a container that has a soft surface such as the felt pad. The soft surface prevents the coins from touching a hard surface.
12. You can store the coins in paper envelopes. But make sure that those envelopes are manufactured for storing the coins.
13. Try to avoid purchasing paper envelopes that contain sulphur. Sulphur may change the color of the coins overtime.
14. If you can’t find paper envelopes that don’t contain sulphur, ask a coin expert for substitute paper envelopes.
15. Make sure that dust and air can’t enter the coin containers. Coins that are overexposed to air and dust may become coated in green or white layer.
16. If the containers have staples, try to keep the coins from touching the staples as much as possible. The coins may become scratched by the staples.
17. Try not to touch the military coins with your hands if they’re placed in a container when you bought them. The dirt and natural oils from your hands may discolour or scratch the coins. The scratches may only become visible when they’re viewed under a microscope.
18. Wear soft cotton gloves if you have to place the coins in the appropriate containers. This will prevent your natural oils and dirt from touching the coins.
19. You can touch the coins by their edges if you don’t have soft cotton gloves.
20. Store the coins in containers that have hard and stiff plastics. Containers that have soft and pliable plastics may damage the coins overtime. This is because the chemicals of the soft and pliable plastics seep into the coins.
21. Don’t drop the coins one by one in a plastic tube container. You must tilt the container before sliding the coins into the container at once. Carefully move the container in its standing position so that the coins can slide to the bottom of the container.
Always check the appearance of your military coins to determine if these tips have helped you. The coins shouldn’t look different from the time when you purchased them.